Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been considering ways to improve or change working habits to make 2019 more productive and fulfilling both professionally but also personally. Today I would like to discuss intention setting. The practice of setting intentions, which are not just three to-do items you want to achieve, is concerned with getting the most out of your day by recognising what is most important to you to either move a project forward or change the direction a work stream is taking or thinking about the bigger picture for your organisation. Whatever it is, it’s important to set your intentions at the start of the day to really help you bring those to the front of your mind.
I came across this concept in the book “How to Have a Good Day” by Caroline Webb. I really recommend you take the time to read or listen to this book as it has really helped me consider new ways of working and how to think differently about difficult situations or individuals.
In the book Caroline Webb talks about the three A’s to help set better intentions:
AIM: what really matters most to you today / long term?
ATTITUDE: acknowledge your thoughts and mood and consider if these are going to help or hinder your approach to the day. Can you set aside any negative thoughts and reset them with a more positive position?
ATTENTION: where do you want to focus your attention?
So as you take the time each morning before you start your day to set your intentions, think about the three A’s as a way to help define the intention and make sure it is positive. Once you have them write them down and keep them in eyeshot for the day, it will be a subconscious reminder of what you really want to achieve and can help to reset your mood or direction if you feel you are getting off topic.